Ramadan and night shift working

8 April 2021

One of the essential workers on my night shift is a follower of the Islamic faith, and has come to me to talk about Ramadan. With so many of the workforce off sick, we cannot allow her to take annual leave over this period as she usually does. What provisions should we put in place to allow her to consume food and drink and take part in prayers through the night?

Disposing of lateral flow tests

30 March 2021

Please can you confirm that it is acceptable to dispose of Covid lateral flow tests in the general waste, if they are used as part of a large-scale workplace testing programme? A friend working in healthcare has told us that these tests are classified as healthcare waste.

Communication with employees on return to work

24 March 2021

With more employees returning to the workplace as Covid restrictions are eased, we want to ensure that we provide them with the most appropriate information. Could you outline what information we should be communicating to employees?

Creating a security campaign

23 March 2021

Following a recent breach of security, a member of staff was assaulted. I have been asked to run a campaign to improve employee vigilance and awareness of the security measures we have adopted. Could you outline how to develop such a campaign?

Risks to and from unvaccinated staff

18 March 2021

We are encouraging all our employees to have the Covid-19 vaccination. If an employee declines the vaccination and we become aware of this are we obliged to assess whether they are safe to continue working?

Cleaning the premises after a Covid case

10 March 2021

We are aware of the need to clean and disinfect the workplace after learning of a worker with Covid symptoms or confirmed coronavirus. Is there any guidance on how this should be undertaken from a health and safety perspective?